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Man gets 100 years in prison for killing, dismembering woman

Oct. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison Thursday after the victim's mother carrying her daughter's cremains shouted at him: "You threw her out like trash." Jared Chance, 30, had turned down a plea deal that would...

Judge: Dantonio's deposition can wait until after season

Oct. 9, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio can wait until after the football season to give a deposition in a former employee's lawsuit. The judge did not limit the scope of the deposition, although Thomas Kienbaum, a lawyer for Dantonio, said the judge did...

Jury convicts Michigan man in woman's slaying, dismemberment

Sep. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man has been found guilty in the slaying and dismemberment of a 31-year-old woman whose torso was discovered in the basement of his western Michigan rental home. A Kent County Circuit Court jury on Friday convicted 30-year-old Jared Chance of second-degree murder, mutilation of...

ACLU: Michigan candidate shut out Down syndrome drag troupe

Sep. 6, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says a Republican candidate for Congress has discriminated against a troupe of drag performers with Down syndrome, according to a complaint filed Thursday. The civil rights group filed a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights...

Dutch woman who helped Jews during WWII dies in Michigan

Sep. 4, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman who authored a book chronicling her efforts that helped save hundreds of Jews in the Netherlands during the Nazi Occupation of World War II has died. Diet (DEET) Eman died Tuesday in Grand Rapids at age 99, according to Seymour Christian Reformed Church...

Michigan boy dies after collapsing during football practice

Aug. 29, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

SARANAC, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 13-year-old western Michigan boy who collapsed during football practice has died. Saranac Community Schools 7th grader Skylar Lasby collapsed Wednesday evening during a non-contact drill and was flown to a hospital. School and hospital officials say Lasby died hours...

Officer involved in veteran arrest serves short suspension

Aug. 28, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan police officer accused by activists of racial profiling after he notified immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran has served a two-day suspension. The Grand Rapids Press and WOOD-TV report Tuesday that Grand Rapids police Capt....

Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Aug. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who...

Judge allows photos of dismembered corpse at Michigan trial

Aug. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Photos of a western Michigan woman's mutilated body can be used as evidence in the trial of a man charged in her slaying and dismemberment. A Kent County judge made the ruling at a hearing Friday. Defense attorneys argued the photos have no value as evidence and would be used...